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And With Your Spirit . . . And Liturgical Instruction

  /   Monday, May 24, 2010   /   Comments(0)

One of the changes expected when the new Missal arrives is that we will be saying “And with your spirit” instead of “And also with you.”  As much as I look forward to using the new words, it will be a bit awkward to use and even more difficult to explain.  Louie Verrecchio wrote an excellent article on Catholic Exchange to explain the new wording.  This is the same man who has done some work in creating a study series on Vatican II. 

In his article, he mentions the need for liturgical instruction.  Of course, this is nothing new.  Vatican II itself called for solid liturgical instruction.  My fear is that it will never come, at least not to people who don’t search for their own resources because they don’t know that they exist.  I’m even more afraid that any instruction that does exist will look like something I’ve seen in various forms since I was in high school and had just joined the Church.

I have seen varying forms of “The Vatican says we need to do this for some strange reason.  It doesn’t make any sense.”  It just gives the impression that the bishops and even the Holy Father himself just go and make arbitrary rules with no thought about “real life,” whatever that is.  Since many have no awareness that there is another side to the story, they will just believe this, as I often did.  Given all of the bad press the new translation has gotten in the liberal publications, this scenario seems quite likely. 

The new translation, from what I have seen, is a much more beautiful work than what we currently use.  I cannot wait for its implementation.  If you know of good resources about it, please point anyone you know in that direction.  I still recommend Jeffrey Pinyan’s Praying the Mass.  If we hope to have an authentic liturgical renewal, we need to spread the word, possibly against our own parish or diocesean instruction program.

Category: Liturgy

Pocket Quicken Discontinued

  /   Friday, May 07, 2010   /   Comment(1)

When I bought my first Palm, the Tungsten T, in 2003, probably my favorite app for the thing was Pocket Quicken.  I could buy something with a debit card, record the transaction, and have it go into Quicken as soon as I did a HotSync.  As I’ve said before, it’s the one thing that I really, really miss on my Droid.

Well, now I know one reason why it isn’t available for the Droid.  In what has to be one of the most disappointing moves I’ve ever seen, Intuit terminated its license to Landware to make and sell the product.  For a long time, Quicken was the software that worked better than anything else, especially on Windows.  The Mac version works, but it’s really clunky.  I’ve heard many, many complaints about Quicken Essentials for Mac, and I have to wonder why Intuit thought they’d get away with releasing that in the state that it is in at its price.

I am now looking to replace Quicken.  I will most likely replace it with the first good Mac product to provide an Android mobile version, especially if it syncs over the air.  If anyone knows of such a product, please do let me know.

Category: Technology


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